Federal Prosecutor Stanley Boone Named Federal Magistrate Judge

September 4, 2012

The Fresno Bee on September 2, 2012 released the following:

“By John Ellis

Longtime federal prosecutor Stanley Boone soon will ascend to the bench in the same courthouse where he has worked for more than a decade, taking a post as a magistrate judge.

Boone, 46, will replace Dennis Beck, who is retiring. His hiring also ensures that the overworked federal court in Fresno maintains its full contingent of six magistrate judges.

This is especially important now, several in the local legal community say, because there are just two district judges in Fresno’s federal courthouse who handle one of the largest caseloads in the nation.

Fresno has four magistrate judges, plus one in Bakersfield and another in Yosemite, both of whom answer to the federal judges here.

Boone is the third straight magistrate judge picked from inside Fresno’s federal courthouse.

Barbara McAuliffe, who served more than a decade as a staff attorney at the courthouse, was appointed last October as a replacement for retiring magistrate judge Sandra Snyder. Before that, prosecutor Sheila Oberto was picked for a newly created magistrate judge post in late 2009.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill — himself a former magistrate judge — called Boone “the entire package.

“He brings civil, criminal and administrative experience to the federal bench,” he said. “At a time when our judicial demands far exceed our judicial resources, we need a person who will enter on the fast track.”

Magistrate judges are less powerful than district judges, but they carry a heavy workload on Social Security appeals, prisoner civil rights cases and other prisoner-related cases.

They also have broad authority in cases up until trial and oversee criminal arraignments, set bail and handle much of the initial work in civil trials.

Boone, a hard-nosed litigator who seemed to revel in the courtroom battlefield, said he is ready to move from the more active prosecutorial role to what is more of a referee.

“I’m going to retool my system,” he said. “That energy will be in applying the law and being fair.”

Boone already was well known to the jurists who hired him. The University of California at Berkeley graduate — who earned his law degree from University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento — has been a federal prosecutor in Fresno since 1996.

Before that, he was a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter A. Nowinski in Sacramento.

During his time as a prosecutor, Boone has specialized in white collar crime and terrorism cases. He has also acted as the office’s bankruptcy fraud coordinator. In addition, he spent a year as the White Collar Crime Coordinator at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C.

Beck, the outgoing U.S. magistrate judge, plans to retire Dec. 12. Boone said he likely will start the job by mid- to late December.

Boone’s only regret is that his grandfather — who always wanted him to become a judge — died before seeing him don the black robe.”


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